Prosperity gospel promises financial blessing and physical well-being in this life as the will of God for Christians. No wonder it is so very popular! It promises such desirable things, with no personal sacrifice. It’s the “have your cake and eat it too” gospel.
Beware of being saduced by the name-it, claim-it gospel that promises that all that glitters is gold and that by following Christ we are somehow exempt from the hardships of life. Christ himself promised us that, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
The New Testament is full of teaching that contradicts trying to make the gospel fit our own desires. 1 Peter 1:6 talks about believers being grieved by various trials in order that their genuineness of faith- be tested.
1 Peter 4:19 states, “therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” Romans 8:23 talks about the redemption of our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 encourages us to, “…not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison..” If in fact the promises of Prosperity Gosple are true, then there is no need for the above encouragement.
Regarding personal wealth, Jesus taught, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).
Additional Christ teaches us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19).
Much of New Testament teaching warns us of the difficulties that life will bring, how is it that we can rightfully believe the exact opposite.
According to John Piper, Christians in prosperity churches are often profoundly unprepared for what life under God’s providence is going to deal them.” When difficulties of life unfold, followers of the Prosperty Gosple are often dismayed and turn their backs on Christ, because they are not prepared for life’s realities.
Prosperity teaching should not come to us as a surprise, infact in 2 Timothy 4:3, Paul says there will come a time where people will gather themselves teachers that suit their own passions. The lust for health and wealth certainly fit that category.
The Bible teaches us to understand that life will not always dish out what we want, but those who believe and follow Christ have hope in Christ as our defender and friend and in an eternal future, with non perishable bodies living surrounded by heaven’s riches in God’s glorious presence. And that is the true prosperity message of the gospel.